John Kuhl

RMS Carpathia Passenger

John Kuhl

Mr John Kuhl was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA on 28 August 1868. The child of German immigrants, he was the son of Valentine Kohl and Clara Kraemer and had at least four siblings, including Mathias, Catherine, Sidonia and Annie.

Kuhl’s father died when he was a young boy and his mother remarried to Prussian-born farmer John Thielen, with whom she had more children. 

A successful realtor and Democrat in Randolph, Nebraska, in January 1911 Kuhl was elected house speaker for the Nebraska Legislature; in September that year he was made president of a new organisation formed for the purpose of influencing legislation, the Nebraska Legislative League. 

Kuhl was a first cabin passenger aboard the Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster, it was reported that he was travelling to see friends and relatives in Italy.1

His brief account of the events was circulated in numerous mid-west newspapers. 

"In spite of the suffering and the crowded condition of the boats," said Mr Kuhl, "the utmost heroism was displayed by all of the unfortunates. When they were lifted to the deck of the Carpathia many of the women broke down completely and there were many touching scenes. Many of the women were incoherent and several were almost insane." — New York Evening Telegram, 19 April 1912

Kuhl eventually returned to the USA in June 1912 aboard the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria

Kuhl was later married to Chicago-native Josephine Murphy (b. circa 1895) and the couple made their home in Illinois. John Kuhl died Omaha, Nebraska on 21 January 1953 and he was buried in St Mary’s Cemetery in DeKalb, Illinois. 

Notes

  1. According to a widely syndicated report that appeared in The Schuyler Sun (26 April 1912) and elsewhere, he was on his honeymoon aboard the Carpathia. The story caused confusion and some consternation among his friends and only upon his return home in July 1912 could Kuhn confirm he was still a bachelor.

Research Articles

Günter Bäbler Titanica! (2019) Carpathia Passenger List

Newspaper Articles

New York Times (19 April 1912) RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List including place of living or booking
The Lincoln Herald (19 April 1912) Speaker Kuhl a Pasenger
The Schuylar Sun (26 April 1912) Graphic Story of Disaster
Told by Speaker John Kuhl of Nebraska Legislature
The Lincoln Herald (9 July 1912) Kuhl Has Souvenir of Titanic Wreck
Sioux City Journal (15 April 2012) Titanic Still Looms Large in Northwest Iowa

Documents and Certificates

RMS Carpathia: First Class Passenger List printed on board
Search archive online

Acknowledgements

Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2021) John Kuhl (ref: #2867, last updated: 13th June 2021, accessed 2nd August 2021 07:25:43 AM)
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